Carl and Karla Bollinger
Miniature Horse Information
With the purchase of miniature horses comes a long time commitment as they have been known to live up to 30 yrs.
We have listed the main needs of mini horses. This is not intended to be a complete source of information. Other mini owners, the Internet, videos, and books are all ways to increase our knowledge of these wonderful little horses.
Children are not as intimidated by them as big horses.
Separate male and female minis at about 1 year. Fillies at 12 months of age have been known to get pregnant. It is better to wait to around 3 years to start breeding fillies.
Some stallions can be used for limited breeding by age two. Stallioins can also fight, which can be vicious... most stallions need to be separated.
Monitoring an expectant mare is criticalStallions to the delivery of a live foal. Due to a foals small size they have trouble getting out of the bag when born. Gestation ranges from 320-335 days, a little shorter then the 340 average gestation of large horses.
Most mini horses are registered in one or both of the two main registries. The American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) & The American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR). Keeping the paper work current is very important. Buying a horse whose paper work is not current can be most disheartening, and sometimes impossible to get straightened out.
The registries are very helpful with information and questions you may have . Before purchasing a new horse familiarize yourself with what is expected in the necessary paper work. Registering new foals, stallion reports, transfer of ownership, are just a few of the important things that need to be kept up to date.
Links to the two registries can be found above in the links section of this page.
Regular vaccinations, worming, hoof and dental care. Wormers should be rotated and some brands not used at all.
Vaccinations and worming varies in different parts of the country so vet advice is very important as to what your mini needs for protection.
Grooming is important, especially in the Spring to help them get rid of their winter coat or when a mare is expecting in the spring and has lots of loose hair. We shave the mares bellies prior to delivery of their foals. Foals have been known to die if they ingest too much of mom's hair.
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Fresh clean water daily, this means heated water buckets in winter, and full buckets in the summer.
Minis have a tendency to over eat. Their food has to be monitored to keep them at a healthy weight. In the Spring, green grass should be introduced gradually. This too has to be limited as they could founder. There are also some plants that are toxic to minis.
Shade or Walk-ins in the Summer and shelter from the elements in Winter are necessary for your mini. Miniature horse are hardy, but do need protection from wet and wind.
This page last modified on Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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